Taylor Swift’s New Album Is A Surprise Double Album!

Taylor Swift Reveals ‘Secret’ Double Album In ‘2am Surprise’

Taylor Swift revealed that “The Tortured Poets Department” is a double album just two hours after its release on April 19th.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment of TTPD: The Anthology. 15 extra songs,” Swift posted on Instagram at 2 a.m. ET. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

The 15 extra songs included four previously announced bonus tracks, “The Manuscript,” “The Bolter,” “The Albatross,” and “The Black Dog,” which were supposed to be included on physical album variations. The second installment of “TTPD” includes them plus 11 more painful tracks.

Swift started hinting at the schedule a few days before the 2 a.m. surprise drop, so fans may not have been surprised.

Swift placed her first Easter egg in the Spotify library display promoting the release at the Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday: the clock above the card catalogue was set to 2:00. She also had a peace sign on the bookshelf, which she had flashed at the Grammys in February to announce that she had kept this record a secret for two years.

Here’s what to know about Taylor Swift’s new album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’:

From NYPOST.com:

  • The 14-time Grammy winner released her highly anticipated 11th studio album “The Tortured Poets Department” on Friday.
  • Swift sent her fans into a frenzy at 2 a.m. after revealing the record is a double album. Titled “The Anthology,” Swift’s late-night surprise includes 15 bonus tracks, bringing the total song count to a whopping 31.
  • Swift initially unveiled her 16-song album at midnight, including collaborations with Post Malone and Florence Welch on two tracks. There are also four bonus tracks, “The Manuscript,” “The Bolter,” “The Albatross,” and “The Black Dog” that are featured on various vinyl versions of the album. The four tracks, as well as 11 new songs, are included in “The Anthology.”
  • A poem about heartbreak that serves as a prologue for the album was written by Fleetwood Mac alum Stevie Nicks.
  • There are several celeb names peppered throughout the album’s lyrics, the mention of singer Charlie Puth’s name took some Swifties by surprise.
  • While some of Swift’s exes aren’t spared on “TTPD,” the singer, 34, does seemingly reference her current beau Travis Kelce on the new album’s track “The Alchemy” in a loving way.
  • As for her exes, 1975 frontman Matty Healy is reportedly referenced throughout the 31-song-strong record. In fact, Healy — who, before their summer split, was a rebound romance for the pop superstar following her breakup with British actor Joe Alwyn after six years — appears to be the subject of the vicious takedown “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived.” Other fans, however, may speculate the “sparkling summer” line is about Alwyn. There are also hints that “I Can Fix Him” (No Really I Can)” — gotta love that title — might be about 35-year-old Healy.
  • As for Alwyn, Swift dropped hints at the pair’s ill-fated 6-year romance for a good — or for him, not so good — part of the album. Check out the 10 Alwyn-related references we’ve spotted.

There is some really juicy anti-Kim Kardashian moments in here too.

In the song, “thanK you aIMee,” Swift hints at a feud with a certain person, comparing them to a high school bully. The lyrics suggest a tumultuous relationship and unresolved issues between the two. Swift used capital letters as a not so secret code on “thanK you aIMee,” to create the name “KIM”. Kim Kardashian, is the one who previously called her a snake emoji. Hissssssssss.

FORTNIGHT with Post Malone is the first radio single of the album(s), and a fully produced video will be released later tonight. Here is the audio teaser from Taylor’s account.

More to come on this as I get a chance to listen to all 31 songs. WBNQ is proud to be your Taylor Swift headquarters in central Illinois! Find out how to win one of THREE trips to see Taylor live in concert this fall when you click HERE and listen to WBNQ.

Susan Saunders 4/19/24